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16 Reasons 2016 Will Be An ‘Unforgettable’ Year at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 4th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


With innovative attractions and entertainment set to debut at Walt Disney World Resort in 2016, plus new dining locations and inaugural sporting events on the horizon, the year 2016 is shaping up to be truly Unforgettable for our guests.

If you’re considering planning a Disney vacation in 2016, be sure to check out our 16 reasons why the new year should be the year for your visit!

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  1. Experience The Newest Offerings, Like Jungle Skipper Canteen & More – The new year is the perfect time to explore the latest and greatest guest offerings that will debut in late 2015, including the Jungle Skipper Canteen restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park; Club Disney at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; and the Ganachery candy shop at Disney Springs.

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  1. Wonder at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Through January 3 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will end its holiday run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on January 3, 2016. Enjoy this holiday offering in its finale season while you can.

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  1. Enjoy “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” Fireworks – Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut its latest Star Wars-inspired experience with the addition of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks, beginning December 18. (And don’t forget the newly launched Star Wars Launch Bay experiences, pictured above).

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  1. runDisney Events – The 2016 runDisney racing season kicks off January 6-10 with the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This will be the first of four racing weekends held at the resort in 2016. Visit the official runDisney site for more information.

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  1. Experience Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Grown-up guests can party with the Disney Villains in a soiree led by Dr. Facilier at the new Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The fun starts January 16.

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  1. Experience The Magic of Nature With “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Starting this spring, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will come alive at night with the new Rivers of Light show. This innovative show will feature entertainers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery in a performance that truly brings the animal kingdom to life at night.

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  1. Explore The Kilimanjaro Safaris After Sunset – Kilimanjaro Safaris will expand operating hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, allowing guests to travel through the African savanna amid the orange glow of the setting sun. Look for it this spring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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  1. Dine at Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The park’s newest eatery will open its doors this spring to offer a menu inspired by the places the Imagineers traveled when developing the park.

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  1. Enjoy Springtime Events at Walt Disney World Resort – Dates have already been released for fun springtime events, including the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 2-May 30); and Raglan Road’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival (March 17).

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  1. Experience Frozen Ever After at Epcot – The new “Frozen”-inspired attraction will open its doors in Epcot’s World Showcase this spring. In it, guests will be transported to the Winter in Summer Celebration where Queen Elsa creates a special day for the kingdom. Guests will also travel to Elsa’s Ice Palace, the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, and the Bay of Arendelle.

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  1. Stop By The New Frozen Character Greeting Location at Epcot – Meet the royal sisters Anna and Elsa at Epcot at a new dedicated character greeting location starting in spring.

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  1. Celebrate The Invictus Games at ESPN Wide World of SportsThe Invictus Games will come to the United States for the first time ever in 2016. The games celebrate our wounded servicemen and women from around the world competing in a variety of sports events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex May 8-12.

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  1. Remember Magic Kingdom Park’s 45th Anniversary – Magic Kingdom Park, the first Disney park to open at Walt Disney World, will mark its 45th anniversary on October 1. Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information.

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  1. Share An Unforgettable Fall – A new year means the return of our favorite fall events, including The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties.

Disney characters dressed in their holiday finest parade down Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom during "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade." The festive processional is one of the happy highlights of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, a night of holiday splendor with lively stage shows, a unique holiday parade, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. The special-ticket event takes place on select nights in November and December in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

  1. Celebrate The Holiday SeasonMickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties, and more. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for news and dates on our returning special events.

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  1. Try New Dining Offerings at Disney Springs – Disney Springs will continue to grow in 2016, with plans to add new eateries like STK Orlando, plus the opening of Town Center, which will feature Zara, Lilly Pulitzer, UGG, UNIQLO and many others. Watch the Disney Parks Blog for more information and opening dates.
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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: ‘HalloWishes’ Lights Up Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


The Halloween celebration is heating up at the Walt Disney World Resort, with “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks lighting up the sky at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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This Halloween fireworks show features narration from the Haunted Mansion’s Ghost Host, and bright fireworks to some of our favorite villainous tunes, including “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Oogie Boogie’s Song,” and more.

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Halloween How-To: Carve Pumpkins Like A Disney Pro

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Lon Smart, a Creative Concept Artist for Disney Parks, has a very cool job this time of year. He gets to design a lot of the pumpkins you see on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

We recently visited with Lon to get some of his go-to carving tricks, which include: using a dry erase marker to draw (and easily erase mistakes) on your pumpkin, choosing items like bike lights or glow sticks to light a pumpkin, and giving a pumpkin extra character by adding paint or accessories.

Check out more of his tips below.

Lon also shared some downloadable templates you can cut out and use to create your own expressive pumpkin. Check those out below.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use before you download it.

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Heading to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Let’s Talk Candy!

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


I have to admit that one of the things I look forward to when attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the chance to trick-or-treat as an adult. Nothing makes me feel more like a kid again, especially when I see my favorite candy dropped into my trick-or-treat bag.

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This year, guests have a lot to look forward to when it comes to candy at the parties. For example:

  • Guests can visit 15 treat locations located throughout Magic Kingdom Park
  • More than 282.5 tons of candy will be handed out during the 25 parties this season
  • More than 40 different kinds of brand-name candies, including Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfingers, M&Ms and Kit Kats, are included in three trick-or-treat candy mixes offered during the parties.
  • Four treat stops are sponsored at this year’s party, adding Werther’s Caramels, chocolate and yogurt-covered Craisins, Halloween Peeps and – new for 2015 – Dove chocolates, into the mix.
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Disney Doodles: Headless Horseman Rides (Yet) Again

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


If you’ve ever attended a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’re probably familiar with the Headless Horseman, who makes his way down Main Street, U.S.A., prior to the step-off of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Parade.

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In this week’s Disney Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor imagined what the Headless Horseman would do if he attended the party himself. Looks like he’s having quite ride!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Not-So-Scary Fun at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This week we shared many new images from inside Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including new shots of “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks and the new “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.”

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Have you seen either of these sights yet this year? Tell us what you liked most about them in the comments section below, or join the conversation online with the hashtag #NotSoScary.

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New ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ Items Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in October

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I loved seeing the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” a few weeks ago during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. If you plan on attending an event in October, I invite you to look for a few commemorative items inspired by this new show.

We have an event T-shirt featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney Villains from the show such as Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.

Guests attending the events may also find artwork for select mobile phones at the new D-Tech on Demand area inside Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. at the exit of Space Mountain. We offer cases for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6.

Finally, we will offer a limited release retail MagicBand starting October 9.

The best place to look for the event shirt and retail MagicBand is Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A.

The retail MagicBand may be found in additional locations such as Box Office Gifts on Main Street, U.S.A., Big Al’s in Frontierland and Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. in Tomorrowland.

For more information about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, please visit DisneyWorld.com.

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7 Photos of the ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ That Will Put A Spell On You

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is on at Magic Kingdom Park, and with it, the new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” It’s been 22 years since the wicked Sanderson Sisters materialized in the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus.” Now they’re back to throw one heck of a Halloween party.

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In the show, sisters Winifred, Mary and Sarah proceed to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion, which requires sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the powers of frightful friends. And who would those “friends” be? Disney villains like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, Lady Tremaine and more!

Guests are loving this amazing stage show, which takes place only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights through November 1. Tickets to the party are going fast, so get yours soon!

Have you seen the show? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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13 Photos of ‘Happy HalloWishes’ Fireworks from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


One of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at Magic Kingdom Park is the spooky fireworks display, “Happy HalloWishes.”

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In this nighttime spectacular, the Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion welcomes you to “drop in” as Disney Villains, like Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie, take control of the fireworks show. Take a look at the photo gallery above – if you’ve never attended a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ve never seen Cinderella Castle like this before!

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#DisneyKids: Taking Little Ones to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on September 26th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


While most preschoolers don’t need an excuse to dress up, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is perfect for little ones because, as the name suggests, it gives kids a chance to get in full costume and see their favorite characters in a fun and not spooky environment. In this #DisneyKids video, you can feel the excitement of the little ones as they experience Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort!

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